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Title Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Flies Delta
Date 08/1965
Collection Delta Air Lines Audiovisual: Photographs
Object Name Photograph, Black-and-White
Catalog Number 2011.72.1
Description Digital image, TIF format. File name: dl_MLKing_nyc_1965-08.tif

Snapshot photograph of civil rights activist and future Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a Delta passenger. Shown in a passenger boarding bridge, or "jetway," at New York-JFK in August 1965 (left to right): Delta Stewardess Merry Kay "Sam" Forrest, Rev. Lee, Stewardess Linda Tomlin, Dr. King and Stewardess Judi Oswald.
Photographer Unknown
Provenance The original 3.25" x 3.25" snapshot is owned by Merry Kay "Sam" Forrest, a retired Delta flight attendant, who loaned it to the Delta Flight Museum for scanning in October 2011.

In 1965, Sam was a new flight attendant, who had recently joined Delta in late 1964. Sam says, “I knew Dr. King was an important man, and therefore, I wanted a picture with him to capture that time.” She was based in New Orleans then, but most of the flights she worked stopped in Atlanta, so she believes Dr. King had probably just flown from his home in Atlanta to New York City.
People King, Jr., Martin Luther, 1929-1968
Search Terms Delta Air Lines
Jetway
New York, Ny.--Airport--Kennedy (JFK)
New York, Ny.
New York
Northeast (U.S.)
Subjects Photographs
Digital images
Digital photographs
Bridges
Flight attendants
Passengers
Activists
Celebrities
Preachers
Credit line Gift of Merry Kay "Sam" Forrest
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